Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer
“A book not to be missed, just plain good reading about the drama of the Kids next door turning their dreams into millions.” —The New York Times “Swaine and Freiberger capture the communal spirit of the early computer clubs, the brilliance and blundering of some of the first start-up companies, the assortment of naiveté, noble purpose and greed that characterized various pioneers, and the inevitable transformation of all this into a major industry. Must reading.” —Philip Lemmons, editor-in-chief, BYTE Magazine
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The group from Georgia called a meeting of Altair dealers in October 1976, and
almost 20 stores (nearly all that existed) sent representatives. MITS
representatives also attended the meeting because the dealers wanted to inform
the MITS ...
Faber had an excellent reason for courting the dealers. Selling computers to
retailers in batches of 10 or 15 was much easier than selling single units to
individuals over the telephone. Furthermore, the retail market was wide open.
The MITS ...
Their corporate leaders were primarily engineers, not managers; they weren't
versed in the ways of business, and therefore alienated their customers and
dealers. MITS drove retailers away by forbidding them to sell other companies'
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - joeldinda - LibraryThing
Another pleasant reread of a personal computing history book I originally read in the 1980s. The authors--both of whom edited computer publications as the stories developed--tell the story of the ... Read full review
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A fun book that covers the personal computer revolution from the mid 70's to the late 90's. Lots of great quotes and snippets from interviews plus several picture sections. The only weak part of the ... Read full review
The Voyage to Altair
The Miracle Makers
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